IFI & aemi present: Water and Power | Pat O’Neill at Irish Film Institute, Dublin


Date(s) - 19/02/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Irish Film Institute





In Pat O’Neill’s dizzying 1989 masterpiece Water and Power, he combines techniques of collage, time-lapse, and superimposition to depict an ongoing clash between industry and nature. Operating in a ‘city symphony mode’ that would extend elsewhere from Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera to Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself, this is a deeply personal experimental documentary that continues to feel utterly current but also utterly unlike anything we have seen either before or since – “it is surely the greatest of contemporary ‘city symphonies’”- Paul Arthur.

Water and Power will be preceded by Saugus Series (19 mins, 1974) an earlier abstract work that combines several formalist techniques. Both works screen from recently restored prints.


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